- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 15, 2004

The National Food Processors Association has hired Dr. Susan Ferenc as its new executive vice president for scientific and regulatory affairs.

Dr. Ferenc will assume the position early next month.

Dr. Ferenc’s responsibilities at the association will include managing its scientific policy; directing its three laboratories in the District, California and Washington state; overseeing its international headquarters in Bangkok; and managing its technical, regulatory and research functions. She also will be the association’s chief scientific spokeswoman on food issues.

“I’ve been in D.C. for close to a decade and have worked with the National Food Processors Association and always thought they were just the top association for scientific and technical issues,” Dr. Ferenc said. “This is just a great opportunity to be able to go and work for them.”

The National Food Processors Association (NFPA) is the largest food-processing trade association in the country and worldwide. It represents companies such as Kraft Foods Inc. and General Mills on scientific and public policy issues involving food.

Dr. Ferenc comes to the NFPA with a wide range of experience in other scientific fields. She received a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University and a doctorate in agricultural economics from the University of Florida. In 1996 she started working in food science with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and has since been interested in the field.

“All of my degree and work within school and positions I took afterwards, each one of them brought a new opportunity to use the skills I learned and apply them to something new,” Dr. Ferenc said. “It’s been a combination of opportunity and challenge and interest.”

The NFPA hired Dr. Ferenc because of her extensive experience and knowledge in the food science field.

“I’ve been at this job for 16 years and I know that position in terms of what it needs for us to be successful in providing the services expected by our membership,” said John Cady, the association’s president and chief executive. “Her experiences and credentials fit exactly what we need from that position.”

Dr. Ferenc will move to the area early next month. She plans to live outside the District, maybe in Northern Virginia. She currently lives with her husband, John Bell, and standard poodle, Siboney, in Wisconsin, where they enjoy travel and outdoor activities.

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